Head Chef Laura Dale pumps out well-crafted and tasty Asian bar snacks that hit the spot. Located at ground level in the building of Canberra’s main energy supplier, the restaurant’s name refers to Akihabara, the ‘electric town’ district in Tokyo famous for computer games, anime and manga. At night, AKIBA lights up with the buzz of the after-work crowd.
From sushi and noodles to salad, AKIBA has you covered. Agedashi fried tofu lounges in a lake of soy-dashi broth strewn with slivers of green onion, seaweed and the zing of togarashi spice. Japanese fried chicken is crisp and crunchy on the outside, and tender on the inside. A hint of smoke is unexpected for a Japanese-style dish, but is not unpleasant. Salt and Sichuan pepper squid pieces are crowned with an oozy dip of onsen egg yolk.
PSST! If you can’t decide what to order, choose the Just Feed Me option – eight of the restaurant’s dishes for $49 per person.